‘Great-Power Rivalry’ Is Back

Should we have a Department of Offense in place of a Department of Defense (DoD)? Wouldn’t “Offense” be more accurate? Perhaps in more ways than one? Consider the revival of “great-power rivalry,” meaning China and Russia as America’s main rivals. (Terrorists may be trouble, but you don’t necessarily need nuclear-powered carriers and stealth bombers to … Continue reading “‘Great-Power Rivalry’ Is Back”

The Israeli Election Put the Bigotry of Its Political Class Front and Center

Israeli elections have come and gone, delivering Benjamin Netanyahu a fifth term that soon will make him Israel’s longest serving prime minister. The toxic rhetoric that defined the weeks-long campaign, with candidates seeking to outdo each other in demeaning Palestinians and dismissing rights, will most likely endure. It starts with Netanyahu’s Likud Party. Netanyahu last … Continue reading “The Israeli Election Put the Bigotry of Its Political Class Front and Center”

After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for its First Media Rendition

For seven years, from the moment Julian Assange first sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, they have been telling us we were wrong, that we were paranoid conspiracy theorists. We were told there was no real threat of Assange’s extradition to the United States, that it was all in our fevered imaginations. For … Continue reading “After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for its First Media Rendition”

Diego Garcia: The ‘Unsinkable Carrier’ Springs a Leak

The recent decision by the Hague-based International Court of Justice that the Chagos Islands – with its huge U.S. military base at Diego Garcia – are being illegally occupied by the United Kingdom (UK) has the potential to upend the strategic plans of a dozen regional capitals, ranging from Beijing to Riyadh. For a tiny … Continue reading “Diego Garcia: The ‘Unsinkable Carrier’ Springs a Leak”

Why Julian Assange’s Extradition Must Be Opposed at All Costs

On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the UK police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum in 2012. This termination of asylum by Ecuador in violation of international law comes a week after WikiLeaks warned the public it had received information from two high level Ecuadorian government … Continue reading “Why Julian Assange’s Extradition Must Be Opposed at All Costs”

Pardoning Assange Would be the First Step Back Toward Rule of Law

On April 11, the ongoing saga of journalist and transparency activist Julian Assange took a dangerous turn. Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno, revoked his asylum in that country’s London embassy. British police immediately arrested him – supposedly pursuant to his “crime” of jumping bail on an invalid arrest warrant in an investigation since dropped without charges … Continue reading “Pardoning Assange Would be the First Step Back Toward Rule of Law”

Where Trump’s and Bibi’s Interests Clash

On Monday, President Donald Trump designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, the first time the United States has designated part of another nation’s government as such a threat. Iran’s Supreme National Security Council responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist group. With 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and 2,000 in Syria, … Continue reading “Where Trump’s and Bibi’s Interests Clash”